Memorial ceremony for fallen Washington law enforcement officers happening Tuesday
SPOKANE, Wash. — The law enforcement memorial outside Spokane’s Public Safety Building honors every deputy and officer in Washington who has made the ultimate sacrifice.
This year, three more names were etched into the stone. Dozens of people attended a vigil Monday evening ahead of Tuesday’s annual memorial ceremony. In the crowd were several loved ones of the fallen officers.
“Some people wait their lifetime to meet their hero, mine raised me,” said Debbie Jacobs. “Miss him every day.”
Jacobs lost her father, Spokane Detective Brian Orchard in 1983. He was shot during an undercover stakeout. His killer was sentenced to life — Orchard’s children were sentenced to a life without their father.
There are now 327 names engraved on the memorial, including three new ones. Homeland Security Special Agent Timothy Ensley, Kent Detective Derrick Focht, and Kent Officer Diego Moreno — a 35-year-old father of two killed in 2018. Moreno’s parents attended Monday’s vigil to see his name.
The public is invited to attend Tuesday’s 32nd annual memorial service which starts at 11:30 a.m. outside the Public Safety Building.
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